10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Newark

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night
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online visit planner.

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Costa Rica, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then whizz through the canopy at Zip Coaster.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

1
night
Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cahuita road trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Cahuita by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

1
night
Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.